Saturday, May 23, 2020

OVER 1,000 drivers were caught speeding on National Slow Down Day.

They included two motorists clocked doing more than 200 km/h.

Gardaí say that 1,072 vehicles were detected driving at above the applicable speed limit, during the 24-hour operation that ended this morning.

National Slow Down Day, which ran from 7am yesterday morning until 7am today, consisted of high visibility speed enforcement in 1,322 zones around the country.

Gardaí and GoSafe vans checked the speed of 126,001 motorists within 24 hours. The vast majority were travelling safely and within the speed limits.

The top speed recorded was by a motorist doing 202km/h on the M50. Another driver on the M8 Cork-Dubin motorway was caught speeding at 201 km/h.

Other speeders included a driver clocked doing 124km/h in an 80km/h zone on the M50. Other notable speeds included 99km/h in a 50km/h zone in Clonmel, 106km/h in a 60km/h zone on the Navan Road, Dublin and 101km/h in a 60km/h zone on the Katherine Tynan Road,  Dublin.

As the operation came to a close, gardaí urged all drivers to slow down and always abide by the speed limit, to help reduce the number of fatal and serious injury collisions on the roads.

Last year saw 141 deaths on Irish roads, with excessive and inappropriate speed a major contributory factor in road traffic collisions. This was confirmed by a Road Safety Authority (RSA) report on fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012, which found that excessive speed was a contributory factor in almost one-third of all fatal collisions during that time.




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